Good Films But Not Blockbusters

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  1. Cortex

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    Many a topics passes us by, week by week. But apart from the big movies (Gladiator, Toy Story 1 & 2 etc etc. big, big list), what amazing movies hide themselves within your DVD library, were never big hits but need the recognition that they deserve.

    Number 1 with a bullet within mine is George A Romero's 1978 "Dawn Of The Dead" FIRST CLASS FILM!!!!

    Try and broaden every members cinematic horizons with your hiddens wonders.
     
  2. dUnKle

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    Drive
    beyond the mat
    deep rising
    ghost dog
    go
    human traffic
    rules of engagement
    wing commander
     
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    DuncanWardle

    Do you know if Beyond the mat UK version is cut
     
  4. desade

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    The "Life Of Brian" criterion edition is one of my favorite discs of the moment that never seems to get a mention. Simply a classic film, in my humble opinion. Deleted scenes, commentary from most of the python's, and a great old BBC documentary on the filming of the thing.
    Touch Of Evil and The Third Man are also worth a place in any collection.
    Hmm...Can't think of any more...

    I can't believe that no-ones heard of it?
     
  5. Cortex

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    1990 Corey Haim - Prayer Of the Rollerboys - another excellent flick - DVD release? Anyone know?

    1992 Braindead - Budget Horror Flick From Australia, Directed Peter Jackson of Bad Taste fame, you love these films due to the lack of multi million digital special effects

    Late 90's Dark City - Keifer Sutherland amongst others, decent sci-fi flick but a bit predictable.

    These are the only VHS tapes that i own, I'll get round to buying Dark City, R2 pro logic version doesn't do it for me R1 5.1 would be nice.
     
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    Duncan, by some telepathic bit of luck, watched Wing Commander on VHS from local Blockbuster on a freebie, played all the interactive PC games. Games were good and film did not let me down. Is it out on R1 or R2? If so, extras etc etc?
     
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    ...try George A Romero's 1978 "Martin"...

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    Mister Roberts
    Stripes
    Breaker Morant
    3 Days of the Condor
    Manchurian Candidate
    Life of Brian.(Totally agree with post above)

    [This message has been edited by Napoleon (edited 04-02-2001).]
     
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    I don't think it's available on DVD (hopefully someday!) but the original serialisation of Quatermass and the pit is probably the best piece of sci-fi ever.


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    Agree on "Prayer of the Rollerboys", is (if I am not mistaken) available as "Rollerboys", see e.g.:

    Sh.., can't get a link to dvdempire.com or dvdexpress.com, please try yourself ...


    Furthermore I recommend (all R1):

    L.A. Takedown ("original" of 'Heat')
    The Big Hit (silly but funny and great picture/sound)
    Dark City (Sci-Fi)
    Set it off (action thriller about 4 female bankrobbers)
    LA Confidential (though it won an Oscar or two I think it wasn't really a blockbuster)

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    Can I add the following:

    Michael Mann's excellent pilot episode of his superb 1986 TV series "Crime Story" (Anchor Bay - R1).

    "Perfect Blue" is one of the most incredible Anime films of recent times, and is not unlike "Wes Craven's New Nightmare"; i.e. it mixes fiction and fantasy to such a degree, it really messes with your head!

    "Risky Business" with Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay, is another very funny film.

    And finally, check out the criminally underrated thriller "Runaway Train" with Jon Voight, Eric Roberts and Rebecca De Mornay. This is the quintissential thriller. Written by Akira Kurosawa, and directed by Russian cinematician Andrei Konchalovsky, this film deserves far more viewers. Check out the MGM/Universal R1 DVD!

    Pooch
     
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    Hey, taskmaster, Quatermass was great.

    Anyone remember the final series, on ITV in about 1979? It was great, something about hippies (planet people?) being killed/taken into space by sentient beings? Quatermass was looking for his daughter, Wembley stadium was being used for political executions, the "pay-police" were a corrupt, killing machine and gang warfare on the streets of London! It was the best thing ever, and frightened the crap out of me!

    Anyone know where I can get a copy? It was released many years ago as a double tape edition?

    A long shot?
     
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    A seasonal film "Its a Wonderful Life" (B&W) is one of those golden oldies that I have on dvd and it is my favourite film.
    A lot of the HC purists would argue it is in mono and black and white.This film impresses me for its sheer class in acting,storyline and feelgood factor.Arguably James'Stewarts finest role.

    martinc
     
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    If this is one your after then your in luck http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00004VVRW/imdb-uk/202-4611877-8040648

    Unfortunately the John Mills one from the 70s is not available on DVD yet cos like you desade it freeked me out at the time.


     
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    Fatbhoyslim - that is EXACTLY what I'm talking about! I didn't know it was available on DVD. I've got a VHS copy from about 1988 (ish). I must admit the only other Quatermass I've seen is the film version of this story, but it was nowhere near as good. If any of you guys haven't seen this film, go buy it right now!


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  16. RMCF

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    Probably one of my all time favs that seems to have been neglected over the years is Glengarry Glenross. A superb film with fantastic acting from Kevin Spacey, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Jack Lemmon et al. Very basic story but great entertainment. If you have not seen it yet then watch it soon.
     
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    OK - done that anything else?

    In the meantime a few off the top of my head...

    That Sinking Feeling
    The Natural
    Two Minute Warning
    Black Christmas
    Fail Safe
    Three Days of the Condor

    and how about a compilation of the best of Play For Today - some absolute belters in there.
     
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    SOK - Glengarry Glen Ross Is fantastic. Have you seen "Boiler Room"? Sort of a similar film and also very good.

    "Way of the Gun"
    "Johnny Got His Gun" (where, oh, where can I get a DVD copy!)
    Its a Wonderful Life is also great. Sod the HC purists, just cos' its not DTS or DD doesn't mean it can't be a great film. "All quiet on the Western Front" (original version" also does it for me.
     
  19. RMCF

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    Thanks for the tip Desade - I'll rent it out soon. Totally agree with you too about the older films. It is nice to see someone who likes a film even if it hasn't got demo quality sound and SFX. I am still old fashioned and think that the entire film (STORY, ACTING, DIALOGUE, CHARACTERS, etc) is the most important thing. GGR is a perfect example of this. It only has about 4 different locations but you don't notice that when you are engrossed in the story. You can see that it was developed from a stage play. I still regret not going to see a travelling theatre company do it in my local theatre about 5 years ago. That would have been good methinks.

    As for All Quiet on the Western Front. I have always wanted to see that but could never track it down. Heard so much about it. Is it available on DVD?
     
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    It is available on R1 in a restored version. Not sure about R2?

    If the things you mention are old fashioned then I am a right old fogey!
     
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    I haven't checked to see if it's on DVD, but SHADOWMAKERS is the story of the A-Bomb and stars Dwight Shultz (spelling?) John Cusack and Laura Dern, all on superb form. Shultz is a revelation as Oppenheimer. I think it was renamed from Fat Man and Little Boy.


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    Thanks for reminding me about Shadowmakers. I have only ever seen it once and from what I can remember it was excellent. No sign of it since.
     
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    Just a few films that didn't quite hit that Blockbuster status, but were great none the less:


    Things to do in Denver when you're dead
    Thursday
    The Arrival
    The Thing (only a blockbuster on video/DVD)
    Warlock

    'A brutha from anutha mutha'
     
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    El Mariachi - top film, made for $7000 and available on R2 as a double-pack with Desperado (big budget sequel). Also, extra features contains a 'ten minute film school' on how to shoot a movie for $7000.

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    Thanks for the tips. Rented out 'Way of the Gun' R1 and 'Boiler Room' R2 couple of nights ago. Thoroughly enjoyed both of them. I had been on the look out for Way of the Gun after I had seen Jonathan Ross review it about 6 months ago. And Boiler Room was so similar to the concept behind GGR that I found it excellent. What with the purchasing manager in the film taking on the role of Jonathan Pryce in GGR. GGR even gets a mention in it!! Ben Affleck and V. Diesel's characters were excellent. Isn't it funny sometimes when you think of the good films that are out there that you have never either seen or heard of??
     
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    Sorry to be a bore, but has anyone seen "The Big Kahuna?". Another Kevin Spacey, Danny Devito stage play based film. Fantastic performances and very deep.

    Give it a try SOK? Again, follows similar themes of GGR and Boiler Room ie the vapidity of life as a sales person!
     

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